Audio Tools

Kdenlive has some tools for handling audio. Beside the audio spectrum viewer and some audio effects, you have following possibilities:

Audio Mixer

New in version 19.12.0.

Changed in version 22.08.


The audio mixer has following functions for each channel:

  1. Channel number (audio track number) or Master channel

  2. Mute an audio channel

  3. Solo an audio channel

  4. Record audio direct on the track of the related audio channel

  5. Opens the effect stack of the related audio channel

  6. Balance the audio channel. Either with the slider or with values

  7. Adjustment of the volume

Multiple audio streams

New in version 20.08.0.

Multiple audio streams of a video clip. In clip properties on the tab audio you can adjust and manipulate each audio stream. More details see here Audio properties

Audio recording

Changed in version 22.08.

sow recording controls

Right click the track head and enable Show Record Controls or pressing the mic button in the mixers (number 4 in above picture) displays the track head record control which get colorized. It’s now in audio monitoring mode (levels show mic input and volume slider selects the mic level).


While recording you see a live waveform appearing on timeline.


Disable countdown see Audio settings

Recording while timeline is playing

  • Hit spacebar to start timeline playback when monitoring.

  • Press r or click the record button will pause timeline playback. Spacebar start recording.

Direct recording

  • Start record: press r or click the record button on the track head. A countdown start in project monitor (disable countdown see Audio settings).

  • Pause: press spacebar

  • To resume: press spacebar again

  • Stop record: press esc or click the record button in the track head. The audio clip get added in the timeline and project bin.

After the recording is finished the audio file get created and stored in the project bin or folder you have defined. The “focus” is still on the timeline. You can continue to use keyboard shortcuts to move around the newly inserted recording, like jumping to the end of it or the beginning, or the next clip.